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Dear MAIS Community,


It is with great enthusiasm that we welcome you to the in-person MAIS Annual Teachers and Administrators Conference 2022 in Rome, Nov. 2-6, 2022.

We are grateful to have you as part of the MAIS Community! It is thanks to your efforts that the mission of American and International education is advanced each and every day. Thanks to your commitment to learning and sharing your knowledge. 

The main theme of the 2022 Conference is “Centering on Learners”, our goal is to provide you with sustained professional learning opportunities and support system focusing  on learner-centered experiences that effectively improve teaching and learning. The program will include keynote and concurrent sessions by outstanding speakers, who are leaders in their fields, their sessions are designed to make us re-evaluate the way we think and work.

The Romans believed that education should be more inclusive of all of the aspects of learning;. We  believe that the “eternal city” is the ideal location to create new friendships, networking and collaboration, taking inspiration from the history and the beauty of Rome.


You can't miss out on our

Keynote Speakers

Friday, Nov. 4 Keynote (2 hrs.)

Learn how to Co-Sense and Co-Shape the future


MIT, Senior Lecturer & Founder, Presencing Institute

Otto Scharmer, Ph.D.

As the rate of technological, social, and environmental disruptions keeps increasing, the capacity to co-sense and co-create the future has emerged as an essential leadership capacity across sectors. Upgrading the capacity for systems leadership and systems transformation is a critical axis for responding to these disruptions around the world.  In his books, MIT’s Otto Scharmer introduced the concepts of Theory U and awareness-based systems change, which are now being used to lead transformational change across sectors, and geographies.

Otto Scharmer chairs the MIT IDEAS program for cross-sector innovation and introduced the concept of “presencing”—learning from the emerging future—in his bestselling books Theory U and Presence (the latter co-authored with Peter Senge and others). He is co-author of Leading from the Emerging Future, which outlines eight acupuncture points for transforming capitalism. His most recent book, The Essentials of Theory U (2018), summarizes the core principles and applications of awareness-based systems change.

In 2015 he co-founded the MITx u.lab and in 2020 the GAIA journey (Global Activation of Intention and Action), which have activated a vibrant worldwide ecosystem of transformational change involving more than 200,000 users from 185 countries. Most recently, with his colleagues he co-created a global Action Learning Lab for hundreds of change makers across UN agencies, as well as a suite of SDG Leadership Labs that help UN Country Teams to implement the Sustainable Development Goals.

Saturday, Nov. 5 Keynote

Meeting the Needs of the Whole Child: Where UDL & SEL Intersect

Education Consultant, Novak Education

Lisa Bosio, M.Ed

Being "book-smart" or good at test-testing are rarely the best markers of success. Our students must know how to collaborate, communicate, problem solve and think critically in order to thrive in the workplace. When learners are self-aware and able to identify and regulate their emotions, and when they can work well independently or with peers, they can tap into parts of their brain that may otherwise be shut off to learning. In a nutshell, all learning is social and emotional. Throughout this session, we will explore how to create an environment that fosters social, emotional, behavioral, and academic growth using both UDL and SEL in your learning environment.

Lisa Bosio has been a passionate educator for over 20 years with one goal: to equip and empower teachers to invest in and impact the whole child, academically, behaviorally, socially, and emotionally. Lisa has extensive experience as a classroom teacher, master teacher, and district instructional coach. Lisa was an Induction Mentor in the Sylvan Union School District in California, where she supported new teachers with implementing teaching best practices. Lisa also designs coursework focused on the implementation of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and social emotional learning.

Lisa has designed and delivered district, county and statewide professional development on student engagement, how to create a supportive SEL classroom so all students can thrive, trauma-informed teaching, anti-bullying school-wide support, fostering academic conversations, based on Stanford University’s work on Language Learners, and the implementation of Universal Design for Learning (UDL).


Check out a sneak peek of Lisa Bosio's Keynote!

Get ready for more great...

Speakers & Sessions

  • Literacy Strategies Series - Lainie Powell, Jennifer Serravallo Consultant
    Jennifer Serravallo will continue the series with virtual sessions in after the conference and in the spring!


  • Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

    • UDL Lesson Design Workshop - Lisa Bosio, M.Ed., Novak Education Consultant

    • Universal Design for Learning relevant to all content areas - Meagan Thompson

  • Positive Discipline in the Classroom Certification - Joy Marchese
    For certification, required to complete one 2-hr virtual session, at the of Oct. and one after the conference.


  • Professional Growth Plans That Maximize Teacher Growth for Student Growth Series - Stephen Barkley
    Check out this podcast about the session!​ with ACSTunis

    • Peer Coaching to Extend Teacher Learning 

  • Standards-based Grading & Reporting  Series - Thomas R. Guskey, Ph.D.

    • Differentiating Instruction with Mastery Learning - Thomas R. Guskey, Ph.D.

    • Gaining Parents’ and Families’ Support for Grading Reform - Thomas R. Guskey, Ph.D.

  • EAL, Special Needs, and Learning Support Series

    • The Neuroscience Behind Learning To Read Part 1 - Dr. Susan Grant and Dr. Sylvia Linan-Thompson

    • Learning Disabilities: Understanding The Overlap - Dr. Susan Grant

    • Differentiating between learning a second (or third) language and learning difficulties and what to do about it - Dr. Sylvia Linan-Thompson

  • Child Protection Certification Series - International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (ICMEC) 

    • ​Level I Introduction to Child Protection -  Debbie Downes

  • Math Series - Erma Anderson

    • Catalyzing Change and Focus in the 8-10 Math Curriculum

    • Supporting Student Agency With Formative Assessment

  • School Leadership Series

    • Leadership Post Covid-19, Better, Stronger - Dr. Kathryn Catania

    • Lessons from Raise Her Up:  Building leadership confidence among women in international schools  - Kim Cullen

    • Coaching for Leaders: Skills for Empowering Professional Growth - Kim Cullen

    • The Landscape Model of Learning - Designing Learning for Cognitive and Cultural Inclusion - Kapono Ciotti

    • Hiring in International Schools with Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in Mind - Kapono Ciotti

    • CONNECTIONS Matter!! - Diane Leonardo

    • Equity education in a time of rising nationalism - Supriya Baily

    • The Connection Cure: Creating Safe Spaces for Students to Thrive - Danielle Sullivan

  • Social Emotional Learning

    • Social Emotional Learning instructional strategies in every lesson - Meagan Thompson

    • Using the Cultural Wealth of Families to Create Meaningful Learning Contexts for Children - Donna Fowler

  • Teaching and Learning Strategies

    • Brain-Based' Teaching Strategies - Andrew Watson

    • Learning Within Sustainable Development Projects- Sarah Putnam

    • Say Goodbye to Classroom Management problems by utilizing student-driven learning. - Dr. Nabil Husni

    • Enhancing student engagement with Google Classroom and Tools - Mariam Ogle 

    • Middle School Instructional Units to Excite and Engage your students - Mariam Ogle 

    • Newly created student-relevant learning units for ELA/Social Studies to hook students  -  Mariam Ogle

    • Refreshing Metacognitive Coaching: A Recovery Strategy - Beverly Shaklee

    • Teacher Research that Works - Eileen Heddy

    • Building a Strong School Culture - Graeme Scott

    • Breakout of the Comfort Zone: Facilitating Learner Centered Breakout Sessions - Stephanie L. Wasmanski, Ed.D.

    • Shifting Towards Project-based Learning - Lauren Boop

    • How to Trust What We Read (and Teach) - Reading Beyond the Lines in All Subjects - Gina Kegler

    • Student's self-awareness of Executive Functioning Skills to personalized learning - Sónia Martins

  • World Languages

    • Be GLAD! Guided Language Acquisition Design Instructional Strategies for PreK-12 - Christine D'Aquanni

    • Using games in a foreign language classroom - Berta Mota

    • Linguistic Imperialism and How to Avoid It - Stuart Carroll

  • IT Directors Roundtable - Jeremy Schwartz & Fernando Montalban

  • MAP Growth: Essential Reports for Teachers & Responsive Planning for Instruction - Candice Fowler, M.Ed,


When in Rome...

Conference Venue



Crowne Plaza Rome - St. Peter's

Book by October 14, 2022

Book on the hotel's website

Rate available Nov 2-6



Book with the Hotel Reservation Form

Group Booking Code: MAI 

* Under Rate Preference select Group Rate

enter MAI in the Group code box, click Search

Single room: 120€/night

Double room: 135€/night

Rates include breakfast and 10% tax.

Rates do not include city tax of 6€ per person per night.



All fees are per person


Full Conference Attendance

  • MAIS Member Participant: $325

    • Groups of 5+ MAIS Member Schools: $300 p.p.

  • AOS Member School Participant: $225

  • Non-Member Participant: $450

  • Table Fee for Exhibitors/Sponsors: $275/table

  • Cultural Excursion/Guided Tour: $20

One-Day Main Conference Attendance: $150


  • Welcome Reception & Gala Dinner: $130

  • Gala Dinner Only: $100

Pre-Conference Only Attendance 

  • MAIS Member Participant: $100

  • AOS Member School Participant: $70

  • Non-Members: $130

Tech Meetings (MAIS Members Only)

  • IT Directors Meeting - $0

  • Robotics Coaches Meeting - $0

Full Conference Registration includes:

  • Pre/Post Conferences, coffee breaks, two lunches, welcome reception, and gala dinner

  • Graduate Credit (1 or 2 credits) from SUNY Buffalo State will be available.

  • Certificate of participation with PD hours for the conference

  • Access to the Whova conference app community to network with other participants for 6 months.

Get a sneak peek!

Schedule Overview

View the Schedule


Wednesday, November 2nd

  • 9:00 - 16:00 Day 1 of two-day Pre-Conferences

Thursday, Nov. 3

  • 9:00 - 16:00 Single-day Pre-Conferences

  • 9:00 - 16:00 Day 2 of two-day Pre-Conferences

  • Beginning at 11:00 - Exhibitor table set-up

  • 19:00 Welcome Reception in the Exhibitor area

Friday, Nov. 4 

  • 9:00 - 11:00 Keynote by Otto Scharmer, Ph.D.

Learn how to Co-Sense and Co-Shape the future

  • 11:00 - 17:00 Main Sessions

  • 9:00-17:00 - Exhibits open 

  • 17:15 Cultural Experience guided walking tour Rome

Saturday, Nov.5

  • 9:00 - 10:00 Keynote by Lisa Bosio, M.Ed, Novak Education

Meeting the Needs of the Whole Child: Where UDL & SEL Intersect

  • 10:30 - 17:30 Main Sessions

  • 9:00-17:30 - Exhibits open 

  • 19:30 Gala Dinner buses leave 18:45

Sunday, Nov. 6

  • 9:00 - 16:00 Post-conference NWEA

 MAP Growth: Essential Reports for Teachers &
MAP Growth: Responsive Planning for Instruction


We are committed to bringing you the best experience possible!

Conference App


Our conference app, Whova, will enable you to connect via computer or mobile phone with fellow participants, speakers, and exhibitors. You will also be able to plan your session schedule and build connections that last beyond the event itself.